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Phish at Phenway 7/6 Setlist

After my fun little mini vacation I had this past week, I am now rejuvenated and energized for the next string of posts here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  It was a great 4th of July week with great food, cold craft beers, and amazing firework shows.

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This past weekend I got to see Phish at historic Fenway Park in Boston (#PhishatPhenway).  Phish played  Friday and Saturday of last week, with thousands of people jamming to some killer tunes out on the baseball field.  Trey, Mike, Page, and Jon rocked the park here in the city.

Their setlist for Saturday was absolutely amazing.  SO amazing that its time to reveal the highlights and where some of the best tunes originated from.

Here’s the recap of the setlist of Phish at Phenway on Saturday July 6th:



Set Your Soul Free


Wolfman’s Brother – Hoist, March 29th 1994

Reba – Lawn Boy, September 21st 1990

Back on the Train – Farmhouse, May 16th 2000

Mound – Rift, February 2nd 1993

About to Run

Down with Disease – Hoist, March 29th 1994

Simple – A Live One, June 27th 1995

Backwards Down the Number Line – Joy, September 8th 2009

Death Don’t Hurt Very Long

46 Days – Round Room, December 10th 2002

What’s the Use? – The Siket Disc, July 3rd 1999

Mexican Cousin – Round Room, December 10th 2002

Also Sprach Zarathustra

Split Open & Melt – Lawn Boy, September 21st 1990

Suzy Greenberg

Rise/Come Together

Wilson – A Live One, June 27th 1995


Provincetown Sashays into Pot Cafes

Welcome back readers!  It’s been merely half a week and I am back here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  I am just slowly stretching out my fingers for my writing work after a great few days of rest and relaxation.  Memorial Day Weekend is already over and we are slowly creeping into Summer.

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It’s time to kick off the new week with today’s story – lately there has been much discussions about cannabis being consumed at public cafes and concerts around Massachusetts.  Two types of licenses would be granted for businesses.  One would allow facilities specifically for recreational cannabis consumption (as in, a cannabis café) while the other would be for holding public events.  Five locations were selected for a pilot program that would allow for the social consumption licenses.  One of them just happen to be where I was vacationing this past weekend – Provincetown.

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Provincetown was selected as one of the areas for the special pilot program.  The town would be automatically accepted for the pilot program if they wanted to participate.  If the town agrees, Provincetown could have a cannabis café in the near future.

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This town is most famously known as the premier vacation destination in the Cape Cod area that has been a longtime haven for artists, lesbians, and gay men alike.  Other than Fire Island in New York, Provincetown is one of the most popular vacation destinations within the LGBTQ community here in New England.

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Providing a cannabis café in Provincetown would do wonders for the resort town.  After staying there this past weekend, I can definitely see a café or two selling cannabis products to its customers.  While there are no medical or recreational dispensaries within the area, Provincetown does provide cannabis accessories in some of its shops.  The cannabis culture is slowly blooming within the radiant, colorful town of Provincetown.

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Opening up a cannabis café would really put Provincetown on the map.  Both Fire Island and Provincetown are two of the most popular LGBTQ vacation destinations here in New England.  They both have a rich history of provocative culture throughout the 20th century.  What Fire Island is to New York is what Provincetown is to Massachusetts.  Two of the trendiest vacation destinations, with Provincetown being the first to receive licenses for cannabis café.

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Massachusetts and New York have always been competitive in the New England region in terms of food, sports teams, hospitality, tourism, and even gay-friendly resorts.  These two states push to raise their own brand awareness higher than any states within New England.  They are two of the most popular (and EXPENSIVE!) cities in the area.

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In the end, Provincetown only raised their rainbow flag higher by being involved with discussions about cannabis cafes before Fire Island.  This PR miracle will flourish brands in both the cannabis and the LGBTQ community of Provincetown.  Tourists may soon be able to wave their rainbow flag all while puffing on a good pre-rolled joint at a nearby café.


Prehistoric Payphones in Boston

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Whenever I roam around Boston, I always stumble upon something truly eye-catching.  Some intriguing things I have seen include flashy billboards, artistic statues, a pop-up event, and other things of the sort.  Within the hustle and bustle of the city, there is always something amazing happening each day.  You have to really observe your surroundings in order to find things that would capture your attention.

Just this week, I randomly spotted something that caught my attention near Downtown Crossing.  A mere block away from the big Walgreens on Washington Street was something I haven’t seen in a long while – pay phones.



I happened to spot not one, but THREE payphones nestled onto the sidewalk.  Each payphone was back-to-back within each other in working order.  Not only did they work, but there were free numbers to call for either a job search or a bank.


Here we are in 2019 and payphones STILL exist around Boston.  Payphones are still around even as mobile technology continues to skyrocket in popularity.  It was rather odd to see three deserted payphones being bolted onto the sidewalk while thousands of people walk by using their smart phone.  Seeing these payphones was a step back into much simpler times.  You can see the shift of technological trends already changing in this scenario.


It is easy to get caught up with what the world will offer next rather than what has already been created.  Walking past a payphone while using your mobile phone is a true sign of how much times have changed since the 20th century.  Surprisingly enough, people still use payphones during their time of need.

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The central point is this – when you lift up your head to observe the world around you, you stumble upon so many amazing things.  Through mindful observations, you are able to discover a small trinket of treasure right nearby.  It could be a payphone or a pop-up event or a newly constructed statue.  Any of these hidden things can be found once you see the world before you.

By looking up into the world, you may discover something you haven’t seen or used in merely years.

‘Fab Five’ members Ship to Boston

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There has been a lot of great celebrity speaker events that have happened in Boston lately.  Some take place at a local college while others are held at major theaters.  Jordan Peterson, Christina Hoff Summers, Nell Scovell, John Cleese, and even Ken Burns are a few of many celebrities that came to Boston for speaker events.  Whether it be a Hollywood celebrity or politician, celebrities from all walks of life have come down to the great city of Boston.  It may not have a thriving entertainment life (like say, Los Angeles) but celebrities still stop by Boston for one of their tours.

As more trending figures pop up around mainstream media, Boston always does its best to incorporate them into the city for their local audiences.  This summer is looking to become real prideful as an infamous member of the Fab Five will be shipping up to Boston to talk about the release of his newest book.  Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s headline for a speaker series event is none other than Tan France.

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Tan France, a member of the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye, is coming to Boston this summer.  He will be speaking at the Back Bay Events Center to discuss his new book Naturally Tan: A Memoir.  The event will take place on June 6th at 7:30 PM.

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Naturally Tan: A Memoir showcases Tan’s early days as a gay man growing up in South Yorkshire, England with a South Asian/Muslim family.  Growing up, he was routinely bullied for his skin color as well as his culture.  Using humor, his trademark wit, and radical compassion, Tan shares his adventurous journey and the lessons he learned along the way.  He shares his routes he took that led him to become part of the Queer Eye gang as a positive, representative celebrity role models for audiences everywhere.

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Interestingly enough, Tan France isn’t the first Fab Five to be in Boston.  Jonathan Van Ness was in the Boston Museum of Science last Fall for his own tour as well.  He will be back in Boston at the Orpheum Theatre on November 8th.

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And there you have it – two of the amazing Fab Five from Queer Eye already will be stopping by Boston this year.  Boston may not have a strong LGBTQ presence as good as other cities (NYC, San Francisco), but it still keeps with the latest celebrity trends.  Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France are a few of many trending celebrities that keep coming back to Boston.

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These kinds of celebrity speaker events will do wonders for Boston’s brand as a city.  Boston has truly grown as a city entertainment-wise over the past few years.  Many landmark events in the political spectrum, whether they relate to the entertainment industry or not, have truly modified Boston to become the way it is now.

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With that, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France of the Fab Five will be heading to Boston this year.  You can catch Tan at Back Bay Events Center in June and Jonathan will be at the Orpheum Theatre in the fall.

HIGH-Quality Cannabis Job Growth

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Over ten years ago was The Great Recession of 2008.  After the housing bubble started crashing, half of the United States was in a state of recession.  Thousands of citizens were found without a job, with very little work being created for the economy.  Work was hard to find around the areas, especially in small rural towns.

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What’s interesting to note is that recreational cannabis was barely in the spotlight within mainstream media we were in the recession.  It wasn’t until 2012 when recreational cannabis was made legal for both Colorado and Washington State.  What audiences in Colorado and Washington State didn’t realize was that they weren’t just ON something; rather, they were on TO something.

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Cannabis has become America’s fastest-growing job sector in the nation.  Over 200,000 full-time jobs have been created since recreational cannabis began, with 3,000 jobs being created within the state of Massachusetts.  As recreational cannabis becomes full swing in many states, a whole slew of jobs is being created in those areas.  Better yet, a new industry is starting to flourish in the country as well.  Colorado and Washington State were the true pioneers of the new ‘Green Rush’ happening with the cannabis industry.

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More than ten years after the recession, the job market has been flourishing faster than ever.  Cannabis-related jobs are booming, with more work being created next year.  The need for more employees in the cannabis industry is rising even HIGHER than it was before (pun intended!).

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Who knew that cannabis, the very plant we once demonized during the Great Recession, would be sparking hundreds of thousands of jobs in the country?  Growers, trimmers, bud tenders, managers, and other cannabis employers are helping to recover the job market that was once damaged over ten years ago.  Cannabis isn’t doing good for audiences nationwide – it is also rejuvenating a dying job market that was heavily hurt from the economic crash.

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Taking the job market to pot (LITERALLY!) helped make it grow even further among the nations.  Cities and rural towns alike are finding many economic benefits of including the cannabis industry into their community.

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With that, cannabis jobs have been flourishing here in America.  Over ten years since the job market started plunging, cannabis has helped to push for further job growth in the country.  All sorts of jobs within cannabis industry are being created, both in cities and towns alike.

We will only see more job growth during the 21st century Green Rush.